The Tanner family was extremely excited for the upcoming birth of their third child – their second boy, Jaxon. However, at only 18 weeks, Charity went into labor. Baby Jaxon was coming, and much too early.
Unable to stop the contractions, the doctor told Charity to push, and tiny Jaxon was delivered. He was alive; his heart was beating, and his tiny chest rose and fell with his short breaths.
Jaxon’s due date was this month, September 2015. In his honor, his parents have released a video, showing him alive, breathing, and loved after birth.
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Tiny Baby Jaxon illustrates – bravely and beautifully – the reality of human life in the womb. At a very young age, preborn babies are extremely developed; they are always growing; and from the moment of their first beginning, they are 100% a new and unique human – worthy of life and basic protections. Jaxon illustrates the need to protect living babies by defunding Planned Parenthood.
While Planned Parenthood claims to be a women’s health care provider, its focus is chiefly on abortion. Under Cecile Richards’ leadership, Planned Parenthood’s abortions have increased, its affiliates have been forced to provide abortions, and its breast exams and cancer screenings for women – as well as adoption referrals – have dropped significantly. The abortion focus of Planned Parenthood is just one reason millions of taxpayer dollars need to be redirected to the more than 13,000 comprehensive health care clinics around the nation that provide basic health services for low-income women and their families – all without aborting babies like Jaxon.
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When Jaxon was born prematurely at 18 weeks, the Tanners knew in the midst of their sorrow that it had been entirely worth it to keep their son with them as long as they could. While the medical personnel thought the tiny baby would probably be stillborn, he was actually born alive.
His family was able to hold and caress him, and a nurse laid him on a bit of plastic that would protect his fragile skin. The Tanners knew their experience was an inestimably precious one, and they caught it on video.
While the Tanners still grieve their tiny son, they know that his life was not in vain. Like Noah, Nathan Isaiah, Annabelle, Riley, and many others like them, Jaxon is giving a face to the preborn children of this world, showing how valuable, living, and precious each of them is.
Each child deserves the chance to live, and it’s time America recognized it.